Imported Marbles

Imported Marbles

Marbles are naturally occurring stones that are mined from quarries on the surface of the earth. They are formed due to the metamorphosis of limestone. Limestone is mostly composed of the mineral calcite and different clay minerals inclusive of micas, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides, and graphite. Metamorphosis is a process when limestone is naturally subjugated to extreme heat and pressure that forces its inner composition to recrystallize and form a solid rock of interlocked calcite crystals.

There are many types of marbles that can be classified based on their color, thickness, and vein patterns. All their characteristics are naturally formed due to the geological processes of nature. The method of the extraction of marbles first begins with their mining from their quarries. Once they are mined, they are then transported to factories for further processing. Factories process these marbles to create various products such as tiles, slabs, pavers, and mosaics.

Because of their high visual appeal, they are usually expensive to buy. While India has its exclusive collection of marbles mined from quarries across Rajasthan and other states, it also imports marbles from countries worldwide. These imported varieties are known for their high resistance to heat, smooth and beautiful polish, spectacular finishing, and an aesthetic look.

Imported marbles are available in various colors and patterns. They pair well with soft interior lighting and give the place a great look and make it seem like an artist’s den. In India, imported marbles are used in kitchen flooring, walls, bathroom, and house floor. They bring the place alive with their beautiful colors, shine, and shades.

Because of their tremendous and exquisite look, they are often used in MNCs, five-star hotels, schools, restaurants, resorts, shopping malls, and places that spell luxury. It was studied that in the year 2018, around 900 tons of marble was imported in India, mainly from Turkey. Italy and Spain are the other leading exporters of imported marble to India. The total amount that was spent on the import of marble in 2018 was 207,674 US$. The total market for the marble industry in India was around 500 crore INR in the year 2017.

All marbles are available in different finishing surfaces – polished, sawn cut, sanded, rock-faced, sandblasted, and tumbled. The type of finishing surface determines the use of the marble. Based on the colors and patterns, imported marbles can be classified into four types- the milky range, creamy range, dark range, and Italian marbles.